Just so you know, my house is in chaos. After ten years of living here we decided to renovate the kitchen. It’s been a little crazy and as I’m in the middle of revisions right now I haven’t been able to give it my full attention. But this weekend I decided I had to focus. Here’s a before picture: (please see past the mess- as I said, in revision hell at the mo).
Here’s a couple more photos of my current state of play. Thinking of getting a burgundy glass splash back so I painted to see how it would look- what do you think? We still have a long way to go – painting, new lighting, finishing off etc.
In order to keep my new shiny cupboards in some semblance of order I thought it would be a good idea to go through all those odd kitchen gadgets you accumulate over the years and have a sort out. And what an assortment of ‘labour saving’ devices we had there! I have a juicer (hardly used), a bread maker (used infrequently), quite a collection of chopper/whizzy/blender things/ a pasta maker (lovely if you have all the time in the world. I haven’t), a slow cooker (which I use a lot), a sandwich maker and rice cooker, things that are supposed to make perfect scrambled eggs in the microwave (they don’t)…and more. So much more.
I can see the point of most of these things, even if I don’t use them a lot. But what on earth was I thinking when I bought the onion chopper? I have two hands and a knife- what easier way to chop an onion? But I paid (a lot) of good money for something that takes twice as long and uses 4 different parts that all need washing! (And you still need a knife and two hands).
Same with the slicer/shredder thing I got from a home expo- you know the kind of thing- a guy does a demo and you’re convinced you can’t live without his amazing product. Believe me, you can. Apart from ripping the skin from most of my fingertips I never could work out how to put it together properly, and anyway the veggies still came out looking as if I’d used two hands and a knife! I really must curb my enthusiasm for buying things that make life harder not easier.
Is it just me? Do you have any pointless gadgets in your kitchen? Any that you couldn’t live without?
And please bear with me as I show off the gorgeous cover for my new release, available from millsandboon.co.uk In this story there’s not a lot of cooking going on, but there is a lot of steam!